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Saturday, April 7, 2012


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Today's Daily Prize: Winner's choice of any one of Minnette's Kindle books on Amazon.

Today's Treasure Hunt Challenge
: Do a search on the internet for Derrick Freeland and find his artwork. What is his link to these books and what distinctive feature does Minnette's logo have on his site? MAKE SURE TO EMAIL YOUR ANSWER TO: mmeador@minnettemeador.com - Good luck!

 Today's Daily Question
(Answer found in Chapter One of Starsight) What happened sixty seasons before this story starts and changed the world forever? EMAIL YOUR ANSWER TO: mmeador@minnettemeador.com - Good luck!

  Studying the outlines below, which character would you most like to meet and why? Leave your answers in the Comments section below.



TRENARA - 2nd Trial Starguider

"There was no mistaking the Starguider Trenara, even at that distance. Her tall, slim figure was held straight in the saddle, a magnificent silver mane of wayward hair flowing behind her like a tempest, despite feeble attempts to tame it. Piercing azure blue eyes shone from a face that seemed ageless, despite soft lines and the mantle of gray around it. Her beauty was still striking, and she often turned heads, even at fifty-two seasons." Starsight, Vol. I - Chapter One

JOSHAN JENHADA THORINGALE - First Prince of The Imperium  
Trenara spotted the lad and gave him a curt nod, catching the flash in the young eyes. Joshan had the oval shape of his mother’s face and the dark coloring of his father, but the eyes, not the mother’s nor even the father’s, shone brown-black in the mid-morning light and were distinctly his own.
" Starsight, Vol. I - Chapter One

HAIDEN BAILS - Sergeant of the Gate Guard - Master of Training to Joshan
“No, no, lad!” Haiden brought his quarterstaff up and pounded it into the ground. He wiped sweat from his brow with the back of his hand and spat into the dust at his feet. “Put your back into it, not your arms. I’ve seen you fight better with your nurse.”

     Joshan, perhaps half the size of the grizzly older man and a fraction of his age, circled around, and adjusted his grip; this man was notorious for his speed and trickery. The boy’s tunic was streaked with sweat and his face red with exertion. With energy he didn’t feel, Joshan again lunged at Haiden uselessly.
" Starsight, Vol. I - Chapter One

"The giant lit a lamp and turned it very low, giving Joshan a sinister stare. He was very dark, with a tangle of black hair and beard that meshed together to hide most of a rugged, stormy face, with one black eye visible and the other covered by a dirty patch. He towered over Joshan by a good five hands and exceded his girth by half again as much. There was a long jagged scar that ran from under the patch to the general vicinity of his chin, disappearing in a snarl of unkempt beard."  Starsight, Vol. I, Chapter Seven

CAST OF CHARACTERS (In Order of Appearance)
TRENARA - Second Trial Starguider to Joshan

HAIDEN BAILS - Sergeant of the Gate Guard & the First Prince’s weapons instructor
JOSHAN JENHADA THORINGALE - First Prince, Heir to the emperor’s throne
JENHADA THORINGALE EVENSON - Emperor of the Eight Provinces - Keeper of Mathisma - Joshan’s father
PRAVIUS - Councilor of Justice - Advisor to Emperor Jenhada
ENA - Trenara’s aide
SALDORIAN - Jenhada’s consort - Joshan’s mother
VANDERLINDEN - One-eyed sea captain - Master of the Village
WERT - Van’s friend from the Village
MATI FORESONS - Innkeeper at Foresons Lodge
PAP - Barman from “Pap’s Pub” in the Village
SARK DUMONTAIRE - A mercenary from the Village
SHAWN - One of Van’s lieutenants
BORIC - One of Van’s lieutenants
TIGE - She is one of Sark’s lieutenants
JONA - A private in the Elite Corps
THIELS - A lieutenant in the Elite Corps
ANNO - One of Pravius’s northern guards
KIT - One of Pravius’s northern guards
MOLLY - Madame of The House
DONNALLY - Sark’s first lieutenant
DOTTIE - Saldorian’s lady - Joshan’s nursemaid
BALINAR - Sirdar’s captain
TAM - Vanderlinden’s First Mate
TAK - Clurichaune from The Grotto
THE DALIGON - Sirdar’s Champion
LEOGAN- Soldier from Felos
SIRDAR - Lord of Badain
SAL CARRIMAN - Imperial sail maker
DEINOS - A reptilian creature serving Sirdar
WITEN - Prelate of Assemblage
GRANDOR - Keep of the Books, Mathisma
ACON - Witen’s servant
PALARINE - Provost Elect of Assemblage
THE CRYSTAL OF HEALING - Assemblage’s Power
THORINGALE - Joshan’s grandfather
NINIA - Vanderlinden’s mother
NOCINE - Prince of the North
NORSK - King of the North
KRIKOS - Goddess of Life
VENTUS - Goddess of the Wind